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Working with Men to End Violence Against Women - A Qualitative Exploration

Casa de Esperanza is the National Latin@* Domestic Violence Resource Center whose mission is to mobilize Latinas and Latin@ communities to end domestic violence. Headquartered in St. Paul, MN, Casa de Esperanza also works within communities by providing advocacy, emergency shelter, a 24-hour bilingual crisis line, and opportunities for peer education. Domestic violence has become a silent epidemic and it is important to address the issue with holistic prevention and intervention strategies that include everyone in the community. Traditionally men have been excluded from these strategies by the field of domestic violence. As the movement to end violence against women has progressed, most activists have come to believe that the involvement of men as allies of women must be a key part of the solution. However, there are very few approaches to ending domestic violence that involve Latino men and boys in a culturally relevant way. Martha Hernandez-Martinez, a Master of Public Affairs student at the Humphrey School, will interview Latina women and Latino men. The results of the research will be used to develop a toolkit and provide a much needed addition to the field of domestic and sexual violence in Latin@ populations.

*Casa de Esperanza has chosen to use “@” in place of the masculine “o” when referring to people or things that are either gender neutral or both masculine and feminine in make-up. This decision reflects a commitment to gender inclusion and recognizes the important contributions made by both men and women.

Project Award Date: 
Community organization or agency: 
Casa de Esperanza
CURA Contact: 
Neeraj Mehta (612) 624-8988